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Francesca Ceciarini

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Ex Chelsea striker Fernando Torres scared everyone witnessing Deportivo La Coruña v Atletico Madrid when he fainted onto the pitch after a tremendous clash with Depor player Bergantiños.

His team-mates rushed just after the incident to pull his tongue out of his throat to avoid asphyxiation, only moments before Atleti’s medical staff intervened to understand what was going on.

The ex Blues forward was still unconscious when he was carried to the closest La Coruña hospital to undergo further medical tests and re-gained his senses while there.

A first official statement from Atletico stated that he suffered concussion and a whiplash injury and will be supervised for at least 24 hours at the hospital.

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Chelsea boss Antonio Conte was just announced as the winner of London Manager of the Year Award.

Willow, the charity foundation who sponsors the awards, posted the news on their Twitter profile:

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The Blues manager, in his first year at Stamford Bridge, beat Tottenham boss Mauriccio Pochettino, Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic, Neil Harris of Millwall and Neal Ardley of AFC Wimbledon to the award. Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and West Ham’s Slaven Bilic were not short-listed.

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger warned his players before the trip to Anfield to face Liverpool: keep Chelsea out of your minds.

The Gunners boss is not ruling out a late charge for the title but wants to ensure the Blues are not the team in his players minds in tomorrow’s crucial clash:

“We have a game in hand and things can change quickly, but we have to focus on our next game,” Wenger told reporters today.

“To do a thing like that, you need exceptional rhythm in your results and, as well, Chelsea to fade.

“At the moment it is more important that we focus on winning our games and focus on our next game rather than dreaming about coming back to Chelsea.”

 

 

 

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Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon reveals he was drained by Chelsea links in last January transfer window.

The Blues were looking for an Asmir Begovic‘s substitute, since the Bosnian goalkeeper was keen to move to Bournemouth after receiving a good offer from the Cherries, but at the end the deal was called off:

“It was about doing the job and I’ve had that a couple of times in my career where there’s been talk of changing clubs and bids coming in and having to play games during that time,” Gordon said.

“It is mentally draining, but you’ve got to do your job and we continued to play well.”

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Slaven Bilic will face Chelsea in next Monday night Premier League clash and the Croatian coach claimed that the Blues don’t have the title in their hands, like many pundits and fans believe, but they still have to fight as the title race is “very open”.

Chelsea are still leaders with 63 points, with Spurs following with 53, Manchester City sitting in third place with 52 points, Arsenal fourth with 50, Liverpool 49 and Manchester United in sixth place with 48, with Citizens, Gunners and Red Devils with a game in hand.

It’s a huge gap to lose in twelve games, but for Bilic nothing is decided yet:

“It [the title race] is still very open. If they slip up, which you can in every game, other teams need to be ready.”

Just a honest opinion or mind games before Monday’s derby?

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Speaking on Sky Sports News HQ former Chelsea assistant coach and player Steve Clarke claimed that only a catastrophic loss of form could stop the Blues from losing this Premier League title:

“I can’t see it [Chelsea winning the title] 100 per cent but 99 per cent convinced that they are going to get there.

“I think only a catastrophic loss of form can cost them the title.

“I don’t think anyone who has watched Chelsea this season can see that coming.”

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Guus Hiddink during last year's spell at Chelsea © Francesca Ceciarini

Leicester City are looking for a new mananger after sacking Claudio Ranieri last week and the new Foxes coach could be another former Blues: Guus Hiddink.

The Dutchman guided Chelsea in two occasions: in 2009, after Felipe Scolari was sacked, and last season after José Mourinho got the boot, winning the FA Cup in his first spell at Stamford Bridge:

“I think Leicester has done very well by going with the assistant manager after Ranieri’s dismissal. They proved themselves against Liverpool. I have no had contact with Leicester,” Hiddink told to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.

“I have so much love for football that I do not exclude it. I never go to a club for several years, but I think it’s great to be working with young people.”

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Andy Carroll is back to training five days ahead of Monday night’s Chelsea clash: the English striker had been recovering from a groin injury since the 3-1 win against Southampton on 4 February.

He missed the next two games, the draws with West Brom and Watford.

West Ham confirmerd the news with a post on Twitter:

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Carroll has scored six goals in 12 games across all competitions this season.

 

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Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo explained why Blues winger Victor Moses deserved a new deal, that was signed and announced today:

“We are extremely pleased Victor has chosen to extend his contract with us,” Emenalo said to Chelsea official website.

“He is enjoying an excellent season and, under Antonio’s leadership, has proved to be an important member of the squad.

“This new contract is testament to Victor’s hard work and dedication to succeed at Chelsea and we believe he will be a big part of our future success.”

In total, Moses has made 72 appearances for the Blues, scoring 14 goals.

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Chelsea legend Claude Makelele reckons Blues midfileder N’Golo Kante can have a better career than him at Stamford Bridge:

“What I like about him is that he’s very generous,” he said to SFR Sports.

“He plays with a smile on his face, and that’s an exceptional quality.

“I really hope he has a better career than mine, but he still needs that leadership.

“That doesn’t mean be a captain, but to have an aura within the team that when they look at him, they think ‘We’re going to win’ or when he speaks to them, they go ‘You’re right.’

“When he has that aura, he’ll be an exceptional player. That’s when he’ll become a regular for France.”

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